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Thu May 20 2010

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        1.    Jussi Karlgren, Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval

Message 1: Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval
Date: 19-May-2010
From: Jussi Karlgren <jussisics.se>
Subject: Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval
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Full Title: Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval
Short Title: ESAIR 2010

Date: 30-Oct-2010 - 30-Oct-2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact Person: Jussi Karlgren
Meeting Email: jussisics.se
Web Site: http://www.sics.se/events/esair2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2010

Meeting Description:

Third Workshop on Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information
(ESAIR 2010)

CIKM 2010, October 30, Toronto

Submissions due: June 30

Call for Papers

There is an increasing amount of structure on the Web as a result of
modern Web languages, user tagging and annotation, and emerging robust
NLP tools. These meaningful, semantic, annotations hold the promise
to significantly enhance information access, by enhancing the depth of
analysis of today's systems. Currently, we have only started exploring the
possibilities and only begin to understand how these valuable semantic
cues can be put to fruitful use.

Unleashing the potential of semantic annotations requires us to transcend
earlier technologies, by combining the insights of natural language
processing (NLP) to go beyond bags of words, the insights of databases
(DB) to use structure efficiently even when aggregating over millions of
records, the insights of information retrieval (IR) in effective goal-directed
search and evaluation, and the insights of knowledge management (KM) to
get grips on the greater whole.

The Workshop will bring together researchers from these different
disciplines and identify the natural use cases, the barriers to success, and
work on ways of addressing them:

Use Cases: Are we looking at the right applications?
- What are use cases that make obvious the need for semantic annotation
of information?
- What tasks cannot be solved by document retrieval using the traditional
- What are the prerequisites of successful application?

Annotations: Are we using the right types of data and annotation?
- Are there crucial differences between author, software, user, and machine
generated annotations?
- Named entities, temporal expressions on the one hand and sentiment and
hedging on the other are examples of analyses beyond topic that have
moved to profitable application.
- Are there other types of annotations that are within our grasp?

Searcher/Queries: Are we considering the right search requests?
- With shallow 2.4 word navigational queries, how much benefit is in
semantic annotations?
- What expressive power is hidden in the semantic annotation?
- What is keeping searchers from exploring these powerful search request?

Result Aggregation: Are we using the right types of results?
- Whereas IR focuses almost exclusively at finding individual chunks of
information, DB naturally focuses on results that combine information and
produce aggregated results (think of OLAP queries), and KM naturally deal
with the whole information space.
- How can we fruitfully combine these strengths?

Grand Challenge: Is there a grand challenge for the application of semantic

Help us shape the future of information access by increasing the depth
of analysis of today's systems:

- Submit a short 2-page poster or position paper explaining your key wishes
or key points,
- and take actively part in the discussion at the Workshop.

The deadline is Wednesday June 30, 2010, further submission details are
on http://www.sics.se/events/esair2010/

Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam
Jussi Karlgren, SICS
Ralf Schenkel, MPI/Saarland University
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